Inaugural Going Solo: First Nations Artist is Josh Muir.
Bendigo Art Gallery has played a key role in the development of the cultural landscape of regional Victoria and has a long history of supporting the diverse creative practices of artists living and working in this region.
The Going Solo exhibition series offers artists living and working in regional Victoria the unique opportunity to produce a significant body of work for exhibition at the Gallery. The annual event was designed to highlight the rich and diverse practices of contemporary artists from the region and their contribution to the areas cultural landscape. Artists are selected by a committee following an open call process.
Inaugural Going Solo: First Nations Artist is Josh Muir
The Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara artist Josh Muir will present a large-scale multi-media project for the inaugural Going Solo: First Nations 2019 exhibition in November 2019.
Muir’s artistic practice echoes his Indigenous culture in a contemporary setting. Using bright colours and bold lines, Muir draws together historical events and presents them alongside current narratives in a distinctive graphic style. Expanding on his current practice, the artist will work alongside Bendigo Art Gallery’s First Nations Curator to create a series of sculptures that reference animated characters inspired by the artist’s youth.
Bendigo Art Gallery recognises the important contribution that our First Nations artists are making towards the regional art scene and are committed to fostering and promoting the careers of these artists on a national scale. Going Solo: First Nation highlights the significance of our First Nations artists living and working in regional areas of Victoria.
Going Solo: First Nations 2019 will coincide biennially with the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to Going Solo.
Previously commissioned artistsGoing Solo 2018 Jessie Boylan: Rupture
Going Solo 2018 Jessie Boylan: Rupture
Rupture investigates the ways in which the body and the world mimic each other in modes of panic and crisis. In this immersive video and sound installation, Central Victorian based artist Jessie Boylan collaborates with trauma-informed psychotherapist Jenna Tuke, digital media artist Linda Dement and writer and performer Virginia Barratt to interpret how symptoms of ‘disorder’ can be seen as an appropriate response to personal traumas and global catastrophe.
In our current age of anxiety, global politics, environmental devastation, insecurity and instability pervade our daily lives; we are constantly faced with present and imminent environmental and psychological ‘rupture’. In this space, where cracks and lines appear, these ruptures reveal a human moment beneath the everyday. Boylan considers the state of rupture as both urgency and agency and as a vehicle to engage with our catastrophic times.
Going Solo 2017 Louiseann King: arbor temporis momentum
Louiseann King is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2017 Going Solo artist.
For King, the natural world provides rich symbolism for self-reflection as well as a medium to probe broader cultural and social structures and histories. Her immersive installation arbor temporis momentum is an imagined landscape comprised of objects foraged and formed; in some cases completely transformed through a casting process.
Paying homage to the fragility and beauty of nature, these tangible elements, many gathered from the bushland near King’s home and studio, are woven into the work in poetic layers, which touch upon family and the lived experience of women in Australia, particularly in connection to the land and domestic enterprise.
Soundscape by renowned Australian sound artist Philip Samartzis and Louiseann King.
Going Solo 2016 Jud Wimhurst: Gimme Freedom (or gimme death)
Jud Wimhurst is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2016 Going Solo artist. In his predominantly three-dimensional work, Jud references pop and street culture as a mode of social commentary exploring ideas of consumption, choice and mortality. He is process-driven, hand building, casting and applying slick commercial finishes to objects in his home studio. Gimme Freedom (or gimme death) is a major sculptural installation combining the iconography of fast food with the tactics of warfare, utilizing humour to draw attention to the darker side of consumerism and the artifice of freedom.
Going Solo 2015 Karen Annett-Thomas: Out of Winter
Out of Winter presents a series of paintings by contemporary Australian artist Karen Annett-Thomas. Developed over the past year, this exhibition is an extension of the artist’s ongoing interest in the processes of memory and our attempts to bind it to material objects and written words. Combining a variety of media including beeswax, oil paint and plaster Annett-Thomas builds up tactile layers on her canvases creating a dynamic sculptural surface echoing the local landscape that informs her work. Each layer of medium conceals or reveals abstracted imagery and text, which offer starting points for contemplation.
Going Solo 2014 Carolyn Dew: The Artificial Kingdom
Through the inaugural Going Solo program, Carolyn Dew has developed a new body of work for an exhibition exclusive to Bendigo Art Gallery. Throughout her practice, Dew has explored ideas surrounding everyday personal and cultural practices expressed through domestic environments. With this latest photographic series Dew has delved into the creation of memorials in cemeteries in regional Victoria and further afield. Joyful, poignant and at times curious, Dew respectfully captures the permanent and transitional arrangements created by anonymous individuals as they construct environments for loved ones past.
Carolyn Dew is a contemporary photographer, who has studied photography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Victorian College for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Melbourne and central Victoria.